P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados (P.K. Pinkerton Series #1)

P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados (P.K. Pinkerton Series #1)

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by Caroline Lawrence
     
 

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"Clever, and very funny."--The New York Times

The year is 1862, and twelve-year-old P.K. “Pinky” Pinkerton is on the run from Whittlin’ Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados. P.K. is determined to hold on to Ma’s last priceless possession: the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains.See more details below

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"Clever, and very funny."--The New York Times

The year is 1862, and twelve-year-old P.K. “Pinky” Pinkerton is on the run from Whittlin’ Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados. P.K. is determined to hold on to Ma’s last priceless possession: the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. Problem is, that’s exactly what Whittlin’ Walt is after, and he’ll do just about anything to get his hands on it. P.K. will have to be both clever and cunning to evade the band of outlaws. But time is running out, and no one can run forever. After all, this is the Wild West, and there’s hardly a safe place to hide.

Editorial Reviews

Priscilla Gilman
Lawrence's framework makes for a curious, clever and very funny kind of unreliable narration. A preternaturally calm and serious narrator tells an exceptionally lively story. A recluse who hates novelty is deluged with it…I'm sure my action-loving 9-year-old, as well as my autistic 12-year-old, will love this buoyant story as it hurtles to a thrilling conclusion while being both moving and morally unsentimental. If, as P. K.'s foster mother puts it, "a Detective is someone who uncovers the Truth & brings Justice," then Lawrence, in doing a very modern justice to this 19th-century misfit, is being the kind of detective all good authors can be.
—The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
Lawrence’s energetic, vividly written series opener begins with 12-year-old P.K. Pinkerton trapped in a mine shaft, facing certain death and recording the wild adventure that led him there. In 1862 the twice-orphaned, half-Sioux P.K. hops a stagecoach from his tiny home in the Nevada Territory for the rowdy streets of Virginia City, fleeing from the much-feared outlaw “Whittlin’ Walt,” who just scalped and murdered P.K.’s second set of parents. The outlaws are after a silver mine deed, left to P.K. and worth millions. P.K., who is wily but has almost no emotional intelligence, slowly comes to understand that he can trust no one; he adopts various disguises and picks up some street smarts from a slew of equally lively characters, including substantial cameos from Samuel Clemens and others. Lawrence (the Roman Mysteries series) easily captures the chaos and tension of the Wild West, complete with gamblers, “Soiled Doves,” and plenty of slang (defined in a glossary) and gunfire. With cliffhangers ending most of the chapters, this agile story should keep readers’ attention from first page to last. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Feb.)
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“I’m sure my action-loving 9-year-old, as well as my autistic 12-year-old, will love this buoyant story as it hurtles to a thrilling conclusion while being both moving and morally unsentimental. If, as P.K.’s foster mother puts it, ‘a Detective is someone who uncovers the Truth & brings Justice’ then Lawrence…is being the kind of detective all good authors can be."—New York Times Book Review

"A rich vein of wisdom runs through this highly entertaining, swashbuckling series debut.”—Kirkus, starred review

"A winning blend of Wild West and classic detective lore, this first book in the Western Mysteries series is a fast-paced, engrossing read, from beginning to end."—Booklist, starred review

“ …this agile story should keep readers’ attention from first page to last.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
Twelve-year-old P.K. "Pinky" Pinkerton was born with a poker face--he can't show or read emotion--but it's not until he lands in Nevada Territory's silver-mining country that he comes to terms with the hand he's dealt. This fast-paced and deadpan-funny Wild West adventure is Pinky's first-person account, scrawled out as "last words" on ledger sheets in a mine shaft while three desperados hunt him down. These outlaws, seeking something valuable Pinky's Sioux ma had left behind, murdered his foster parents. Pinky narrowly escapes, jumping a stage to "Satan's Playground," or Virginia City of 1862, with its colorful mix of greedy gunslingers, "Celestials," "Soiled Doves" and even Sam Clemens with the occasional jarring witticism. Best of all, he runs into Poker Face Jace who teaches him how to read people's feet, "the most honest part of a man's body." Pinky is likable. A wannabe detective, he's resourceful and smart, gutsy but not foolhardy…and partial to black coffee. Jace's detailed lessons in human "tells" drag on a smidge, but readers will fully grasp how thirsty Pinky is for this information that's more precious to him than silver. Wonderfully dry humor, vivid sensory descriptions of the mountain town and a genuinely appealing protagonist make this a stand-out. A rich vein of wisdom runs through this highly entertaining, swashbuckling series debut. (1862 map of Virginia City, glossary) (Historical fiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101560297
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/16/2012
Series:
P.K. Pinkerton Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
638,199
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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